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What was Gautama Buddha's opinion about soul, afterlife, reincarnation and rebirth? [duplicate]

Major religions around the world, for example Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, etc believe in soul and afterlife. Hinduism even believes in reincarnation and rebirth. What was the opinion of Gautama ...
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Did the Buddha believe in the existence of soul? [duplicate]

Did Gautama Buddha believe in the existence of soul in human body? If not, why?
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

No religion teaches what Buddhism teaches at its core. A true Hindu or Christian or Muslim believes in God and soul. Can a Hindu or a Christian or a Muslim, who is not aware of Buddhist philosophy, ...
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Incorporeal entities in buddhism

I don't know anything in depth about Buddhism but as I figure there are three possibilities in life at it's end, either: the soul is released from the physical world and returns to where it ...
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Continuity of memories as a proof of the existence of self [closed]

Buddhism denies existence of any Self.But I think I can prove the existence of Self as fundamental by the logic of continuity of memories. I define Self as someone who remembers the past essence. ...
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Belief in Ghost and spirits

If Buddhists don't believe that we have a soul then why do some believe in ghosts or spirits? this seems contradictory.
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Doubt in Soul and sects

Metta, According to Buddhism, the soul is absent but karma is there. How it's possible without Soul, Karma would present. After the death, due to the karma of a person, he will rebirth. If the soul ...
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According to buddhism, do demons exists?

I have heard a lot about this kind of things called demons, satan, evil spirits from other religion. But is their any mention in buddhism about existance of such creatures or spirits?
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Does the Doctrine of No Soul mean there is nothing permanent to continue?

Does the doctrine of no soul is means that there is nothing permanent to continue? So is the teaching of reincarnation, rebirth misleading as there is a notion there is a continuity after death? Also ...
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Did the Buddha said that there is no self there is no soul?

In this article, the writer of the article claims, purports or alleges that Bhikkhu Thanissaro and Bhikkhu Bodhi state that the Buddha NEVER said that there was no self. The Buddha NEVER said that ...
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Did the Buddha leave room for the possibility of a self?

Did the Buddha teach that a self or soul (whether permanent and fixed or impermanent and changing) cannot be found, did he teach that it cannot exist, or what?
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How does Buddhism explain consciousness if there is no self?

One major differing point between Hinduism and Buddhism is the understanding of the self. Buddhist reject the Brahminical notion of an eternal, non-material soul substance that is distinct from the ...
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Does the Maha Parinirvana Sutra acknowledge the existence of eternal spirit/soul?

The Buddhist scholar Sallile King has the following interpretation made from the Mahayana Maha PariNirvana Sutra: [I]t is obvious that the Mahaparinirvana Sutra does not consider it impossible for ...
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Soul that splits in seven parts

I clearly remember reading somewhere about (some branch of) Buddhism believing that there is a soul and that it splits in seven parts when dying. The article mentioned that four of these parts are ...
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If there is no soul or self, why did the Buddha speak of his past lives?

How is it possible that he had past lives and how did he know they were his? What defines them as his?
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What is Buddhism's view on past lives?

I have often come across this - our past karma will bear its fruits in the present life or in the future one. So how does one identify the events is the because of past karma? Where is information ...
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What's the difference between a “primordial consciousness” and a soul?

It seems certain Buddhist groups have come to believe in something they call the "luminous mind" or the "primordial consciousness"; in essence, a mind that is lasting, stable, and assumedly pleasant. ...
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What is soul made of; as per Buddhism?

As per Buddhism, What are elements of soul or what is soul made of? (If we split body and soul to seperate them then what are elements of soul?)
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Soul and Self in buddhism

I've heard a lot of questions like, "who is there to enlighten if there is no self?" Is that kind of question based on ignorance on the difference between Soul and Self? Or does Buddhism deny the ...
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Dilemma caused by differing viewpoints regarding soul and karma

I'm a spiritual aspirant who likes to practice meditation to attain the ultimate goal of nirvana or moksha. The trouble is I've read too many differing doctrines and theories regarding epistemology of ...
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If Buddha stayed unanswered on this matter, why do his followers preach that soul doesn't exist?

Almost every Buddhist I've met sincerely believes in non-existence of self or soul. Especially, the vipassana practitioners say that scanning the body and finding no atman or self in it is proof that ...
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A Question About our Aatma

Where is our Aatma or Soul when we sleep? What exactly happens to it? I tried finding answers, but could not get any answer from within! Help
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How does an ālaya-vijñāna work?

And in particular, is it eternal, unchanging and like any other formulation for a soul that we might have seen, in say Christianity or Hinduism? This particular idea, that ālaya-vijñāna is like a ...